Brittany Walker came up with some huge saves during a shootout win at Indiana this afternoon.
Bloomington, Ind. - Ohio Field Hockey went to a shootout this afternoon, but got the result it wanted, topping previously-undefeated Indiana, 2-1 (3-2 SO). Laura Mastro scored the eventual game-winner as Brittany Walker made three saves during the shootout for the 'Cats.
Taylor Brown got the shootout started by scoring and giving the Bobcats a lead. After Ohio missed its second try, Walker made a save to keep things even. Cathryn Altdoerffer gave Ohio a 2-1 advantage on the third try and Walker made another save to maintain a one-goal lead.
An Ohio miss opened the door and once more, Indiana found the goal it needed it even the shootout. That's when Mastro stepped up and calmly scored to give Ohio the lead for a third time. With the game on the line, Walker made her third save of the shootout to win the game for the `Cats.
"It was an exciting game, no doubt, really heart-stopping with the new shootout rules," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "From the get-go, we were able to create space, which was key for our attack. I think our firness level was key in overtime because we were able to shuttle players in and out of the game. Also, Brittany came up with some big plays and stepped up for us today in goal."
Altdoerffer had two shots in the first nine minutes of the match, having one blocked and another sail wide. Brown also had a try go wide in the 12th minute.
After an IU green card, Altdoerffer had a chance saved before Brown was denied and sent another try high during a two-minute span. Caelyn Hartley had a try go wide in the 21st minute, which would be Ohio's last opportunity of the half.
Indiana ratcheted up the pressure with three corners and four shots in an effort to break the scoreless tie. Walker made a big save on Morgan Fleetwood with four minutes remaining in the half. At the intermission, the teams were even in shots (7-7) and penalty corners (4-4).
Ohio had the first try of the second half when Luli Gomez Teruel went high with an attempt. However, Indiana capitalized off its second penalty corner of the half when Audra Heilman scored on a rebound after Hannah Boyer had a try blocked.
Gomez Teruel had Ohio's next two tries on goal, both over the next five minutes, and the `Cats finally got a penalty corner chance in the 54th minute.
Altdoerffer had a try saved by IU goalkeeper Maggie Olson but Jessica Jue, collected the rebound. Jue, who took the corner, passed it to Ashley Cureton on the right side who cooly slotted home the equalizer. It was Cureton's first goal of the season and second tally as a Bobcat.
The Bobcats had a few more tries in the final five minutes of regulation as Altdoerffer had a shot blocked and Brown went wide. Altdoerffer missed wide with 19 seconds left to signal the end of the attack.
Ohio doubled up Indiana with eight shots in the second half as opposed to the home side's four. Both teams also recorded two penalty corners.
In overtime, Brown had Ohio's best chance just two minutes into the frame. Walker would then make a big save on Heilman to force a second extra session.
Hartley, Marissa Higgins and Jessica Vaeth all had tries in the first four minutes of the second period, but none found the cage. Brown had another try blocked before Hartley was saved and Jue went wide on the seventh and final try of overtime.
Ohio is home on Wednesday night for a huge contest against in-state rival Ohio State. The nationally-ranked Buckeyes will play the Bobcats under the lights of Pruitt Field at 7 p.m.